Sunday, March 30, 2014

Saving Mr. Banks -- 10 Star Review

A film about the making of Mary Poppins seemed at first not to interest me. I was 15 when the real "Mary Poppins" film came out, much too old to think of it as teenage fare but my neighbor next door five years younger than I kept singing and singing and singing "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." Who knew the story behind the story of the making of "Mary Poppins"? This was one of the best films I have seen this year, right up there (although a substantively different film) with the excellence of "12 Years a Slave." It has a depth I never in a million years thought it would have had. No spoilers here because truly one has to see it to appreciate its heft. 

I loved every minute of it. Kudos to Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and all the rest who played major (and minor) parts. Each was wonderful. It is a touching, sad, beautiful and uplifting film. 
Walt Disney would be proud of it.  One can only hope more films such as this would be made where gratuitous sex, profanity and violent mayhem are absent.  Hallelujah, it's about time!